Irja Bodén (b. Kiruna, Sweden) received her BFA from SUNY Potsdam, magna cum laude, in painting, and a BA in Social Science from Lund University, Sweden. Recipient of several grants, awards, and residencies, her work has been exhibited in the US and abroad. Bodén was awarded a 2021 Artist Resource Trust Fund from Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Most recent exhibits include 2021 solo exhibit Amos Eno Gallery, NYC, NY;  Embody at Ely Center for Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT; The Immigrant Artist Biennial 2020: "Here Together!" NYC, NY; New Folk: Hudson Valley Artists 2020, Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, NY; National Prize Show 2020, Cambridge, MA.  Bodén currently lives and works in Hudson Valley, NY.



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Artist Statement

Ceramics transforms the malleable into permanence, a process that echoes life.

We begin as a mere potential ending up reflecting what we see. My sculptures similarly reflect this process.

I frequently use stacking as a method of spatial organization. My sculptures are built from

richly textured, wheel-thrown, and hand-built forms. My work alludes to the natural world and domestic interiors. Each segment is lightly secured, though I also leave forms unattached to articulate precarious balance.

My sculptures take some time to achieve a finished state. Multiple firings are not unusual,

since I like to experiment with surface techniques, and it can take months to find the right piece for a sculpture.  Some of the sculptures contain broken and unrecognizable parts, about how memories diminish over time. I believe we must cherish the things that we carry with us, even if they break in transit.



Bachelor of Fine Arts, visual arts, magna cum laude, 2006, SUNY Potsdam, NY

Bachelor of Arts, social science, 1987, Lund University, Sweden

2022  (upcoming) Two-Person Show, Courthouse Gallery, Lake George, NY

2021  Irja Bodén: Fractured Light, Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2021  Irja Bodén: Virtual Solo, Ely Center for Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT
2017  Interwoven, Two-Person Show, Roxbury Arts Group: Walt Meade Gallery, Roxbury, NY

2016  Irja Bodén: Horse Virtues, Pleiades Gallery, New York City, NY

2021  Embody, Ely Center for Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT  Curator: Krista Scenna

2020  The Immigrant Artist Biennial, ”Here Together!", New York  Curator: Katya Grokhovsky
2020  New Folk: Hudson Valley Artists 2020, Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz, NY Curator: Anna Conlan

2020  The National Prize Show, Cambridge Art Association, University Place Gallery, MA Juror: Sharon Butler

2020  The Longest Distance, Three-person show, Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2019  En Vacker Utställning, Konstmuseet i Norr, Kiruna, Sweden
2019  Small Works Show, Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT
2018  Land and Sea, Main Street Arts Gallery, Clifton Springs, NY
2018  Contemporary Landscape, Roxbury Art Group: Walter Mead Gallery, Roxbury, NY
2017  Northeast Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition, Art Centro, Poughkeepsie, NY Juror: Elenor Wilson

2021 Artist Resource Trust Fund from Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

2020 The Immigrant Artist Biennial Award
2018, 2017  Artist’s Grant and Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2017  Public Art Fellowship, New York State Council of the Arts, NY
2017  Award, Northeast Ceramic Sculpture Exhibit, Poughkeepsie, NY

2000, 2003, 2007  Special Opportunity Stipend (SOS), NYS Foundation for the Arts, NY


2021  Online Review, International Art Magazine

2021  Interview in conjunction of Fractured Light exhibit, Amos Eno Gallery

2020  The Immigrant Artist Biennial, Catalogue

2020  Ever.Emerging Magazine. First Issue, women 45+

2019  Norrländsk Socialdemokraten, NSD, Sweden

2019  Norrbottens Kuriren, Sweden.


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